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Rebecca and Sunny in Wenceslas Square, Prague, Czech Republic. The National Museum is in the background. (photo taken by Bob Garrison)

Ownership/Affiliations

The business name World Class Travel and Tours is a registered trade name with the State of Louisiana. The company is owned by J. Ernest "Sunny" Breeding, Jr. and Rebecca D. Breeding. We are members (either as an individual, agency, or both) of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), National Association of Commissioned Travel Agents (NACTA), and the consortium Travel Leaders Network. We are also members of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. We carry $1,000,000 in Errors and Omissions Insurance with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection.

Our Objective

It is our objective to create a wonderful travel experience for you. Our clients have told us that their vacation was the trip of a lifetime, or the best travel experience that they had ever had.

Why travel?

Everyone wants to travel for pleasure and relaxation. So do we. But travel can be much more than that. Traveling to other places is the best way to learn about the interesting peoples and cultures throughout the world. Additionally, it is the only way to see first hand some incredibly beautiful sights scattered around our planet. It is our pleasure to share these experiences by helping you plan your travels.

Why use a Travel Consultant/Agent?

There are a number of good reasons for using only travel consultants to book your travel:

  1. Only a travel professional can offer you the full range of tours and cruises available and properly guide you in planning the best vacation for your expectations and budget.
  2. Some of the best tour operators do not sell directly to the public. To take advantage of these tours you have to book them through a travel agent.
  3. If a tour operator will take direct bookings from the public, the price is the same if booked through a travel agent.
  4. You do not have to worry about making the arrangements as we do that for you.
  5. If you book on your own and have a problem, you are on your own. If you book through a travel consultant you have someone to help you fix the problem.
  6. By working with tour operators and cruise lines we can offer you package-prices that can cost less than the sum of the items (air, hotel, transfers, guides, car, etc.) purchased separately.

Sunny and Rebecca with the Aguila Glacier in Agostini Sound, Chile.

Sunny and Rebecca with the Aguila Glacier in Agostini Sound, Chile near the southern point of South America. (photo taken by Dave Reed)

Travel we book

We book many kinds of tours and cruises including the following:

  1. Tours & cruises worldwide
  2. Escorted, independent, & hosted tours
  3. Leisure & adventure travel
  4. Nature, cultural, & historic sights
  5. Hotel, air, car, & train packages
  6. Groups: Save on cruises & tours

We only use tour operators and cruise lines that have been around for a long time and have established good reputations. The tour operators that we use have expert knowledge of each destination, know what is on and off the beaten path, and offer quality tours at value prices. Tours (packages) range from the fully escorted kind to those where you are entirely on your own. For cruises we specialize in river cruises and small ship ocean cruises. How do we determine the best tour and cruise operators?

  1. We use our own worldwide travels to check out first hand tour and cruise operators.
  2. We attend trade shows at national travel conferences to interview travel providers.
  3. We network with numerous other experienced travel consultants in the USA and Canada.

Planning Fees

Like medical doctors, certified public accountants, and financial advisors, travel consultants have considerable expertise. We therefore reserve the right to charge a nonrefundable planning fee for our time spent and services rendered, especially for complicated itineraries. The amount of the fee depends upon the amount of work required to plan a trip. A completely independent and customized tour can include flights, transfers, hotels in a number of cities, rental car, trains, daily excursions, and other travel items. These type of tours can take a lot of planning time. By comparison escorted and some hosted tours take less time to plan. Any planning fee will be established when discussing travel plans with a client.

Our Backgrounds

We got into the travel businesses in April 1994 after developing successful careers in other fields. We chose this business because of our love of travel and the enjoyment we get from learning about other cultures, both past and present, and the opportunity to see first hand some incredible works of both man and Mother Nature. A brief summary of our backgrounds follows.

Sunny and Rebecca in the Hall of Mirrors room in the Versailles Palace, France.

Sunny and Rebecca in the Hall of Mirrors room, Versailles Palace, France. (photo taken by Versailles Palace guide)

Rebecca D. Breeding

In college Rebecca majored in mathematics with a minor in physics. She graduated with a B. S. from the University of Richmond in Virginia. For most of her career Rebecca has worked in the field of data processing in both technical and managerial positions. She is retired from the International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM).

J. Ernest "Sunny" Breeding, Jr., Ph.D.

For a biographical sketch that appeared in the Slidell Sentry-News go here.

Education

Simpson College, Indianola, IA (1956 - 1959), physics; Drake University, Des Moines, IA (1959 - 1960) physics, B. A.; University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (1960 - 1961), graduate physics; and Columbia University, New York City, NY (1965 - 1972 (jointly with NCSC below)) Ph.D., geophysics/physical oceanography.

Professional Experience - Science

Research. Have conducted research at the Naval Coastal Systems Center (NCSC), Panama City, FL (1962 - 1978); Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, NY (1965 - 1970 (jointly with NCSC)); Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (1977 - 1979); Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech), Melbourne, FL (1979 - 1987); Naval Oceanographic Office, Stennis Space Center, MS (1988); and Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, MS (1988 - March 31, 1998).

Rebecca and Sunny in Central Park.

Rebecca and Sunny in Central Park, New York City. (Photo taken by Belle Darden)

Teaching. Have taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Graduate Teaching Assistantship (1960 - 1961); Florida state University, Tallahassee, FL, Visiting Associate Professor of Oceanography (1977 - 1979); and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Melbourne, FL, Associate Professor of Oceanography and Ocean Engineering (1979 - 1987). Courses taught include graduate and undergraduate courses on subjects in physics, geophysics, physical oceanography, ocean engineering, and mathematical methods of physics. Headed the Physical Oceanography program and supervised graduate students.

Published papers. Have prepared technical laboratory reports and published papers in society proceedings and refereed journals. Have presented papers at numerous International conferences.

Professional societies. Have membership in the following societies: American Geophysical Union, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, American Meteorological Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi (honorary), and Sigma Pi Sigma (honorary).

Professional Experience - Travel

Travel consultant and travel photographer (1994 - Present)

Hobby

Licensed amateur radio (ham) operator by the F.C.C.: WA4ULZ (radio call letters).

Biographical Listings

Listed in or have been listed in: American Men & Women of Science, Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Marquis Who's Who in America, and Marquis Who's in the World.

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park.

Rebecca and Sunny at Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica bordering the Pacific Ocean. (Photo taken by Naturalist guide Andres)

 

Contact Information

World Class Travel & Tours
115 Blackbeard Dr.
Slidell, LA 70461 USA

Tel: 985-641-5170
Fax: 985-643-8540
Toll free: 800-337-4249

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In requesting information please remember that we cannot provide a proper response unless you provide us with sufficient details describing what you want to do. We need answers to questions such as who are going (names as they appear on your passports), what is your departure city, where do you want to go, what are your preferred travel dates, where do you like to stay, and what do you want to do when you get there? We will be happy to discuss tour and cruise options as well as worldwide destinations. Request to be on our eBlast list to receive travel information.

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